Uh-oh. You’re one of the millions of Americans that have gotten the flu this season, and now you feel the symptoms coming on. Fatigue has you dragging, your temperature is rising and suddenly your nose is running but somehow also congested.
The flu is extremely common, but it can also be a serious illness. Even a healthy adult can be knocked off their feet for a week or more. For many people, being out of commission for a week means sending life into complete chaos.
It may be too late to avoid getting the flu, but there are ways to minimize the symptoms and speed up the recovery. Want to get back on your feet ASAP? Try these flu solutions.
Get Lots of Rest
Have you been meaning to get more sleep? Right now is the best time to rest up. Getting lots of rest will help you combat fatigue and help your body fight off the flu virus.
Gargle Warm Salt Water
This old home remedy is a surefire way to ease a sore throat. It may seem like saltwater would agitate a raw throat, but it actually helps relieve pain by reducing inflammation. Gargling salt water can also loosen up mucus and flush out bad bacteria.
All you have to do is mix about a 1/2 teaspoon of salt in 8oz. of warm water. Gargle (don’t swallow) at least three times a day. Now, increase the decongestion and wash away the saltiness with a warm cup of tea or hot chicken soup.
Hydrate & Restore Nutrients
IV therapy is an adjunct to your wellness routine though not as well known, an IV drip gives the immune system an extra boost when it’s needed most. Delivering vitamins and minerals directly into the bloodstream with IV Therapy provides the benefit of 100% absorption versus the partial absorption from vitamins taken orally.
The extra hydration is also highly beneficial. When a person has the flu the risk of dehydration increases. IV therapy replenishes lost liquids so you can stay hydrated even when you’re feeling nauseous or sweating out a fever.
IVitamin is prepared for flu season! The IRenew drip is specifically designed to address cold and flu symptoms giving you a high dose of Vitamin C and additional minerals and nutrients to boost immunity. Give your immune system the edge it needs to fight off winter germs.
Feverish and Feeling Pain: Take Acetaminophen or Ibuprofen
Pain and fever are two common flu symptoms. You can ease the pain and cut fevers with acetaminophen or ibuprofen. Aspirin can also be used, but only by adults.
Take Long, Hot Showers
If you’re able to get up on your feet, reserve your energy for a long, hot shower. The steam adds a ton of decongesting, warm moisture to the air. The warm water can also help ease achy muscles.
Stop the Spread
If you catch the flu, one of the best things you can do is help stop the spread. Wash your hands often, always cover your mouth when you sneeze and minimize direct contact with others unless you’re getting care. This will protect other family members from getting sick and possibly prolonging your recovery.
When to See the Doctor for Flu Symptoms
Going to the doctor isn’t necessary for most people, but in some instances, it’s highly recommended. See a doctor as soon as possible if:
You’re in a High-Risk Group
If you catch the flu and are in a high-risk group see your primary care physician right away. High-risk individuals are more likely to have serious complications and may need antiviral intervention to prevent problems. Antiviral treatments work best if they’re administered within the first 48 hours of experiencing flu symptoms.
You Experience Emergency Symptoms
If you experience any of the following it’s time to book it to the emergency room to avoid flu complications:
- Shortness of breath
- Trouble breathing
- Persistent vomiting
- Pain or pressure in the chest
- Pain or pressure in the abdomen
Symptoms Get Worse
When flu symptoms progressively get worse rather than better it’s time to see the doctor. The same goes if your flu symptoms go away but then come back worse than before.